Osama Hamdan, a senior representative of Hamas in Lebanon and a member of the Hamas politburo, delivered a powerful message, underscoring the ongoing conflict with Israel. Hamdan emphasized the resilience and determination of the Qassam Brigades, Hamas' military wing, in the face of escalating tensions.
"The resistance and the Qassam Brigades are fine and are in control of the situation," he asserted, indicating Hamas' preparedness for prolonged conflict. Hamdan warned Israel that the current battle is only the beginning, hinting at more significant actions to come.
The primary goals, as stated by Hamdan, are to end the occupation, protect Al-Aqsa, free prisoners, and establish a Palestinian state. These objectives reflect longstanding issues at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Humanitarian Concerns and International Appeals
The statement also addressed the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza, accusing Israel of targeting infrastructure and hospitals to force Palestinians to flee the Strip. Hamdan described these actions as attempts to displace the Palestinian people and repeat the Nakba, referring to the 1948 Palestinian exodus.
A particularly poignant part of the statement was the mention of mass graves at Al-Shifa Hospital, where 170 bodies were reportedly buried, highlighting the scale of the humanitarian crisis. Hamdan called this a "disgrace to the international community." The statement criticized Israel's claims regarding Al-Rantisi Hospital, dismissing them as naive and indicative of a defeated army's psychological state.
In response to these allegations, Hamdan requested that the United Nations form an international committee to monitor hospitals in Gaza and counter what he termed as the lies of the occupation. Reiterating the call for international intervention, Hamdan urged the United Nations and other international organizations to come to the Gaza Strip to protect hospitals and medical centers.
This appeal underscores the dire need for humanitarian assistance and international oversight in the region.
Solidarity and Continued Struggle
The statement concluded with an appreciation of the support from Arab, Islamic, and global communities.
Hamdan called on these groups to continue demonstrating until the aggression stops, reflecting a desire for sustained international pressure on Israel. As the conflict continues, Hamdan's statement serves as a reminder of the complex and deep-rooted issues that fuel this long-standing dispute, the humanitarian crises that arise from it, and the call for international involvement to seek resolution and peace.